Travel Expert and Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Abrams - Traveling Feet Shownotes
Traveling Feet - November 08, 2008 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

Swim with the Sharks at Tampa's Florida Aquarium; Stephanie “Locked-up” at Zucchini's; The Boston Pop's Holiday Performances; BlueBay Resorts' Villas Doradas; Monaco's Hotelier of the Year.

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Click here to see a picture of Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams with sea lion Franco at Coral World in St. Thomas.

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida boasts a 93,000-gallon shark tank that visitors are welcome to experience firsthand. Sharks are amazing creatures with an unfortunate reputation. Contrary to popular belief they do not consider humans food. When people are victims of a shark attack it is usually because they are mistaken for a seal. The “Dive with the Sharks” experience is a way to overcome fear of these apex predators. The aquarium provides all the scuba equipment needed and has a master diver accompany each person. Divers begin in a cage. They communicate with the master diver when they feel comfortable enough to leave the cage and swim out into the tank. It is a safe, controlled environment and an amazing learning opportunity.

The tank has 5 different specifics of sharks including Blacktips, Whitetips, Zebra sharks, Nurse sharks and Brown Reed sharks. There are a total of 12 to 16 sharks in the tank at a time. There is also a Sea turtle in the tank and a variety of fish. You have to be 15 years or old and a certified diver to participate.

The Florida Aquarium is 250 thousand square feet with a beautiful glass dome on top of it in the shape of a nautilus shell. If you are uncomfortable with swimming with sharks there is a tank for those who want to dive with just fish. The aquarium also hosts “Penguin Promenade” where African black-footed penguins are brought out three times a day to a red carpet area. Visitors are face to face with the penguins.

The aquarium has several viewing areas, several which have rocking chairs to sit in. The biggest window is panoramic and looks into a coral reef. In addition to coral, the environment is home to a green turtle named Flip.

The aquarium is in the center of downtown Tampa. It is in the Channelside district near the St. Pete Times Forum and downtown from Ybor City. Also nearby is the Tampa History Center. When staying overnight in the city Stephanie recommends the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel.

For more information visit http://www.flaquarium.org

Fun Facts:

Lambert, Massachusetts in Berkshire County holds the world record for the largest Tiger Muskie catch.

Guests Include:

Tom Wagner, Florida Aquarium.
www.flaquarium.org

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Wednesday November 27, 2008 Stephanie will be “locked up” at Zucchini's restaurant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The mock jail charity event is designed to raise money for Jerry's Kids. Participants post bail only if they are able to get others to donate the amount the “bail” is posted at to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

For more information visit http://www.mda.org

There is so much to do in Boston in the holiday season. You can cruise on the Spirit of Boston or visit historic Symphony Hall. The holiday Boston Pop concerts begin December 11, 2008. There are two to three performances day. It is a very demanding schedule and sometimes Conductor Keith Lockhart will have a guest conductor stand in for him. Kids programs are 70 minutes long and normal programs are two hours. One special children's event the Pops are offering this holiday season is a performance with visual elements inspired by the popular children's book “The Polar Express”.

For more information visit http://www.bso.org

Blue Bay Resorts has properties in Morocco, the Canary Islands, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is home to BlueBay Villas Doradas, an all-inclusive property in Puerto Plata. The resort is surrounded by a large golf course and is in the most important artisan center in the Dominican Republic.

The resort offers 245 guest rooms. The rooms are large with beautiful views. There are also villas available for guests. The villas offer a greater degree of luxury and have Jacuzzis inside the room. The property has three beautiful pools one which is a poolside bar. Other activities include tennis, spa, golf volleyball and windsurfing. The resort is for adults only.

For more information visit http://www.bluebayresorts.com

Fredrik Aspegren, General Manager of the Columbus Hotel in Monte Carlo, was just given Monaco's hotelier of the year award. The Columbus is in a discreet part of Monaco and is popular with many celebrities. It uses many organic and neutral tones in its design that foster tranquility.

For more information visit http://www.columbushotels.com

Guests Include:

Kim Noltemy, Director of Sales & Marketing, Boston Symphony Orchestra.
www.bso.org

Laila Petrone, Director of Sales/USA, BlueBay Resorts.
www.bluebayresorts.com

Fredrik Aspegren, General Manager, Columbus Hotel, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
www.columbushotels.com

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